The Petoskey Center changed my life. I’ve been to many mental health professionals throughout my life and I can honestly say I’ve never met a single one that shows anything approaching the same level of caring, understanding and devotion that the clinicians at Petoskey exhibit on a daily basis. I truly believe that helping people is a calling, not a job, for them.
Before I started at Petoskey the idea of group therapy wasn’t something I could ever see myself doing, much less benefiting from… Suffering from long term severe depression and anxiety and feeling like I’d run out of any other options I reluctantly agreed to give it a shot and I’ve never been so happy to be wrong about something in my life. The things I learned and the connections I made during my time there helped me crawl out of a very dark place. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Markey and all of the other clinicians that helped me get to where I am today. I couldn’t have done it without them.
It was a safe space for me to recover, and I feel so fortunate to have been referred to Petoskey. The staff and other participants were caring and supportive. I feel like I learned a lot about myself and the patterns that led me to Petoskey…I have hope that I can better handle my life and stress going forward using the tools I learned and the self-knowledge. I also understand that there’s still a lot of work to do, and I must persevere.
…life changing, I gained awareness about my emotions and mentality i didn’t know was possible. The people I met were outstanding, and I will never forget my experience. The skills i learned were practical and very useful, especially as i step out into the college world again.
I came here knowing I was deeply unwell and miserable, but not knowing what to expect. I leave here with a clear view of my life, the problems I face, the reasons I struggle to do so, and the tools to do it better. I feel hopeful that I’m on the way to loving myself more, accomplishing my goals, and most importantly, not needing to accomplish those goals in order to accept and love myself.
This place has changed and saved my life. I am prouder of the work I’ve done here than any of my life’s accomplishments that have come before.
“Petoskey was the life raft I needed”
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